Choose Extra Virgin Olive Oil For Winter Baking
Updated 28th October 2022
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a great option for winter comfort bakes
- Baking with Olive Oil boosts your healthy fats and antioxidants
- The taste of quality extra virgin olive oil is a great addition to your baked goods
- Morocco Gold is here to help with baking inspiration this winter!
Do you love to bake during the winter? If you’re looking for a way to add some healthy ingredients to your baking recipes, you’re in luck, as extra virgin olive oil is the perfect choice!
Adding olive oil to your baked goods has many benefits, including added flavor, improved texture, and increased nutritional value. Keep reading for some of our favorite winter baking recipes that include extra virgin olive oil.
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When it comes to winter baking, extra virgin olive oil is a secret ingredient that can take your recipes to the next level. Not only does it add a delicious taste to cakes and cookies, but it also provides a range of health benefits. Extra virgin olive oil is packed with antioxidants and nutrients that help to boost immunity and fight inflammation. What’s more, it is a healthy alternative to other oils such as butter and margarine. If you’re looking for a way to make your winter baking even better, extra virgin olive oil is a great choice. Here are some tips for using it in your recipes:
- To substitute extra virgin olive oil for butter or margarine, use a 1:1 ratio. For instance, if a recipe calls for 1 cup of butter, use 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil instead.
- Extra virgin olive oil works well in air fryers. Simply add a few tablespoons to the air fryer before cooking.
- When baking with extra virgin olive oil, keep in mind that it has a lower smoke point than other oils. This means that it can burn more easily. To prevent this from happening, cook at lower temperatures or remove the food from the heat source before it reaches the desired temperature. By following these tips, you can enjoy all the benefits of extra virgin olive oil in your winter baking.
If you have a weakness for a delicious slice of cake or some fresh bread, swapping your saturated fat for the best olive oil you can find is a great choice for the health conscious baker.
The health benefits of extra virgin olive oil do not need to end if summer salads are swapped for winter comforts. What better way to warm up after a refreshing winter walk than a hot drink and some chocolate chip cookies? This cookie recipe from our website collection is a quick and easy way to get your sugar fix without overloading on saturated fats.
If you fancy something even more indulgent, why not give this yummy chocolate cake with olive oil a go?
Why Baking With Extra Virgin Olive Oil Is Good For You
Although it is perhaps more common for people to reach for butter, margarine or neutral tasting oils such as canola or vegetable oil for their baking, choosing extra virgin olive oil is not only a healthy choice but delicious too.
The best extra virgin olive oils, such as Morocco Gold, are packed full of polyphenol antioxidants and because of the high smoke point of monounsaturated fats, extra virgin olive oil holds on to much of its goodness during the cooking process.
Can I Bake Bread With Olive Oil?
According to breadnewbie.com opting for olive oil as an ingredient in bread making is a great way to go, explaining:
“The premium extra-virgin is of the highest quality. They’re really good because they are made without using excessive heat and without using any other chemicals. I prefer buying a virgin or extra-virgin and use it for everything: bread making, cooking, drizzled over bread, and for dressings. It’s not cheap but I wouldn’t give it up, I couldn’t. If you’re interested in the many health benefits that this ingredient has, buy an extra-virgin one.”Breadnewbie.com
The only tricky bit is selecting which one, which ultimately comes down to taste. Morocco Gold has a distinctive ‘pepperiness’ with hints of sweet almonds, fresh turf and a hint of herbs.
Looking for more inspiration to bake with extra virgin olive oil?
With all this talk of monounsaturated fat, polyphenols and cake in one sentence, you must be tempted to get in to the kitchen this winter! And, if you need any more inspiration for winter friendly comfort bakes with extra virgin olive oil, why not check out our recipe section. You will find plenty more recipe gems such as these Greek Christmas Cookies called Melomakarona, with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Just remember, those in the know recommend substituting ¾ the amount of butter called for in a recipe with olive oil. For example, if the recipe lists ½ cup of butter, you’d need ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons of olive oil.